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Tolpuddle Guides Strike For Improved Pay, Australia Expects

AT the Tolpuddle Centre in Dorchester, Dorset, nine guides are on strike. All hail the new Tolpuddle martyrs, paid a “paltry” £26 to take tourists around the old crown court, venue for the beginnings of the trade union movement in the UK.

In March 1834, six agricultural workers from the village of Tolpuddle, were shipped off to Australia for sevens years for swearing a secret oath as members of the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers. They became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

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Posted: 7th, April 2010 | In: Strange But True | Comment